There´s nothing like discovering the USA – the freedom of the open road and you’re in the driver’s seat. Either you set out for an adventure on your own or with a crew of great company, there is a promise of an unforgettable epic roadtrip experience.
California roadtrip is certainly one of my favourites, I love the drive, the scenery, the stunning coastal views and the changing landscapes. I have been there twice and I will recommend everyone to do at least one California roadtrip in their lifetime. Cruising the incredible Pacific Coast Highway is promised one of the most scenic drives in the world. The route from San Fransisco to San Diego or vica versa, takes about ten hours to complete with no stop. But of course what is a road trip about? Quick stop here and there, discover hidden gems and take in the moment, it´s all about the journey not the destination.
Here´s a list of destinations you should check out:
1. San Fransisco
The Golden Gate Park is a perfect starting point, you will recognize and feel that you are in a movie opening scene driving over the Golden Gate Bridge in San Fransisco. While here, make sure to spend some time in Fisherman’s Wharf, eat fresh Oysters and taste the delicious clam chowder soup – it definitely warms you up on chilly days. Relax with a coffee in Union Square or walk down the busy Lombard Street. Explore the San Fransisco on the old cable car. The down side is that the Cable car is a big tourist attraction so there´s always a long line and also very expensive.
And if you have more time; visit the famous Alcatraz Island or explore along the stunning San Fransisco Bay Area. Enjoy this city before starting on the drive of your life.
Tips: San Fransisco is cold, even in the summer time. Mostly of the year it´s cold, rainy and foggy and then hot for one or two week every September, so just make sure you bring a jacket along with you whenever you´re planning to go.
2. San Jose
Make a quick stop in San Jose to explore the largest open air market in USA, or check out Downtown San Jose.
Cruising into Santa Cruz you will find yourself back in the 60s, surrounded by old-school American vibes, rollercoasters and fun. Check out the beach, the boardwalk, the surf (best in the winter), or the Mystery Spot, a collection of strange phenomena from the last 70 years.
Along the curve of the coast you´ll hit next stop Monterey Bay. Here you should check out the beautiful Point Lobos State Natural Reserve, drive along the scenic ’17 Mile Drive’ and chill at the Old Fisherman’s Wharf.
To get to the Big Sur you´ll drive over the Bixby Bridge – one of the tallest single span concrete bridges in the world. It is 714 feet long and 280 feet high. There are stunning sights along the Big Sur such as Pfeiffer Beach, McWay Falls, Point Sur State Historic Park, Ragged Point, stop at the lookout points and take in the breathtaking scenery.
Santa Barbara is a perfect break point before heading into Los Angeles. Check out the Stearns Wharf and East Beach. Make sure to get in the right lane to make the most of the views from the Pacific Coast Highway.
This is the spot where you can catch some surfing. Make a quick stop in the historic Downtown Ventura to check out vintage shops or second hand stores.
Malibu consist of 15 miles of incredible state beaches. Stop, sightsee around Malibu, take a beach walk or make a memorable dining experience at an oceanside restaurant.
In Los Angeles you will maybe need a few days to really explore around. Hang out at Santa Monice Pier, drive down the Sunset Boulevard, walk the Hollywood Walk of Fame, check out the Hollywood sign up in the hill, make a whole day trip to the famous Universal Studios or Disney Land (for those that really loves Amusement parks). LA has so much fun activities to offer for all ages.
Back on the road, you will drive along Long Beach, Huntington Beach, Newport beach and Laguna Beach, before entering San Diego county. Here you’ll get to drive over the 2-mile-long Coronado Bridge as it snakes its way across San Diego Bay. Stunning drive all the way, as you drive along Mission Beach, Pacific Beach and La Jolla.
When you arrive in San Diego, make your way up to the Cabrillo National Monument at the tip of Point Loma and you’ll get an incredible view of San Diego and the Bay. Take a deep breath, take in the view – this is the perfect way to end your trip.
Safe road trip´n USA!
By: Bella Lu